Mid Summer Report: St. Louis Blues

download (22)By Wayne Hallee @waynehallee9 at thehockeynuts.com
As we enter the dog days of summer, activity around the NHL slows down.  Most of the big-name free agents are off the board, and everyone is enjoying some much needed time off before everything heats up in the fall.  During this time, we are taking a look at all 30 teams to see where they are and what they still need to do.  Today, we look at the St. Louis Blues

Last Season’s Finish:  49-24-9, 107 pts, 2nd in the Central Division, lost in the Western Conference Final

Key Arrivals:

  • F David Perron (UFA)
  • G Carter Hutton (UFA)

Key Departures:

  • F David Backes (Boston)
  • G Brian Elliott (Calgary)
  • F Troy Brouwer (Calgary)
  • F Steve Ott (Detroit)

Breakthrough Candidates:

  • F Petteri Lindbohm
  • F Mackenzie MacEachern
  • D Jordan Schmaltz

Unsigned RFA’s (as of 8/14)

  • none

Current Cap Situation as of 8/14/16(source: generalfanager.com)

  • League salary ceiling: $73,000,000
  • League salary floor: $54,000,000
  • Current salary cap hit: $69,679,582
  • Current salary cap space: $3,320,418

 

Expected active roster

Forwards
Vladimir Tarasenko, Paul Stastny, Alexander Steen, Jaden Schwartz, Jori Lehtera, David Perron, Patrik Berglund, Ryan Reaves, Dmitrij Jaskin, Kyle Brodziak, Scottie Upshall, Robby Fabbri, Magnus Paajarvi
Defensemen
Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester, Kevin Shattenkirk, Carl Gunnarsson, Robert Bortuzzo, Joel Edmundson, Colton Parayko, Petteri Lindbohm
Goalies
Jake Allen, Carter Hutton

 

Outlook:

 

St. Louis had one of the best seasons in franchise history last season, first earning 107 points in the regular season, and then making it all the way to the conference final for just the second time since the NHL/WHA merger.  Unfortunately for them, they hit a salary cap wall this summer, and have had to sit idle as forwards David Backes and Troy Brouwer got plucked away in free agency.  Those two players represent 39 of St. Louis’ goals and 84 points last year.  They signed David Perron this summer, but his production was even less than Brouwer, never mind Backes.  So, St. Louis will need to find goals from some other sources that they already have.  Either way, St. Louis is still a strong team, and should make the playoffs again this season.  It just won’t be as easy for them this year.